Localism Bill

AMENDMENTS
TO BE MOVED
ON REPORT

After Clause 155

LORD BEST

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Proceeds of sale of social housing

(1) In section 11 of the Local Government Act 2003 (duty to determine affordable borrowing limit), omit subsections (2)(b), (3) and (4).

(2) Any regulation made under section 11(2)(b) of the Local Government Act 2003 shall cease to have effect from 1 April 2012.”

Clause 158

LORD BEST

 

Leave out Clause 158 and insert the following new Clause—

“Definition of indebtedness

(1) A local authority shall determine and keep under review the amount of housing debt held by that authority.

(2) A determination under this section must have regard to the duty to determine an affordable borrowing limit under Section 3 of the Local Government Act 2003 (duty to determine affordable borrowing limit).

(3) A determination under this section must have regard to any guidance issued or approved by the Secretary of State.

(4) A local housing authority may not hold debt in contravention of a determination under this section.

(5) In this section “housing debt”, in relation to a local housing authority, means debt—

(a) which is held by the authority in connection with the exercises of its functions relating to houses and other property within its Housing Revenue Account, and

(b) interest and other charges in respect of which are required to be carried to the debit of that account.”

Clause 163

LORD BEST

 

Lord Best gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Clause 163 stand part of the Bill.

Schedule 16

LORD BEST

 

Page 375, line 33, leave out “, unfit or unsuitable” and insert “or unfit”

Schedule 17

LORD BEST

 

Page 384, line 33, at end insert—

“In section 122 (payments to members etc.), after subsection (5) insert—

“(5A) Class 4 is payments which are made incidentally to members as a result of their belonging to a class of persons to whom the provider is properly making payments in pursuance of its constitution or objects.

(5B) Class 5 is payments made with the consent of the regulator.””

 

Page 388, line 13, at end insert—

“17 In section 269 (appointment of new officers), for subsection (2) substitute—

“(2) The regulator may appoint more than four of the officers of a registered provider only if the provider has fewer officers than required by its constitution.””

Clause 167

LORD BEST

 

Page 154, line 30, leave out from beginning to end of line 7 on page 155

After Clause 172

LORD BEST

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Exclusion of certain rural dwellings from the preserved right to buy

The preserved right to buy under section 171A of the Housing Act 1985 (cases in which right to buy is preserved) shall not be available in respect of a dwelling-house let by a registered provider of social housing in a rural area designated for the purposes of section 17(1)(b) of the Housing Act 1996 (right of tenant to acquire dwelling: supplementary provisions).”

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Tenancy deposit schemes

(1) Section 213 of the Housing Act 2004 (requirements relating to tenancy deposits) is amended as follows.

(2) For subsection (3) substitute—

“(3) Where a landlord receives a tenancy deposit in connection with a shorthold tenancy, the deposit must be protected by the landlord within the period of 14 days beginning with the date on which it is received.””

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Proceedings relating to tenancy deposits

(1) Section 214 of the Housing Act 2004 (proceedings relating to tenancy deposits) is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (1), for paragraph (a) substitute—

“(a) that the deposit has not been protected in accordance with section 213(3) or that subsection (6) of that section has not been complied with; or”.

(3) In subsection (2), for paragraph (a) substitute—

“(a) that the deposit has not been protected in accordance with subsection (4) or that subsection (6) has not been complied with, or”.

(4) In subsection (3), after paragraph (b) insert “(unless the tenancy in question and any replacement tenancy have ended)”.

(5) For subsection (4) substitute—

“(4) The court must also order the landlord to pay to the applicant such additional sum of money as it shall consider reasonable being not less than the amount of the deposit nor more than three times the amount of the deposit within the period of 14 days beginning with the date of the making of the order.”

(6) After subsection (6) insert—

“(7) In determining the sum of money payable by the landlord under subsection (4), the court shall have regard to all the circumstances, and in particular—

(a) the landlord’s reasons for his failure to comply with his obligations under this Chapter;

(b) whether the landlord knew, or ought to have known, of his obligations; and

(c) the length of time taken by the landlord in complying with his obligations.

(8) In considering the extent of the landlord’s knowledge under subsection (7)(b), the court shall assume that the landlord knew, or ought to have known, of his obligations unless the contrary is proved.

(9) In this section, references to a tenant include any person or persons who is or was the tenant under a tenancy to which section 213(1) relates, or under any replacement tenancy.””

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Sanctions for non-compliance

(1) Section 215 of the Housing Act 2004 (sanctions for non-compliance) is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (1), for paragraphs (1) and (b) substitute—

“(a) the deposit has not been protected (see section 213(4)), or

(b) the deposit is not being held in accordance with an authorised scheme”.”

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Community land trusts and leasehold enfranchisement

(1) The Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 is amended as follows.

(2) After section 302, insert—

“302A Community land trust and leasehold enfranchisement

(1) Regulations may make provision for securing that in prescribed circumstances—

(a) an enfranchisement right is not exercisable in relation to dwellings owned (whether freehold or leasehold) by a community land trust as defined in section 79 of this Act, or

(b) the exercise of an enfranchisement right in relation to that land is subject to modifications provided for by the regulations.

(2) Each of the following is an “enfranchisement right”—

(a) the right under Part 1 of the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 to acquire the freehold of a house (enfranchisement),

(b) the right under Chapter 1 of Part 1 of the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 (collective enfranchisement in case of tenants of flats), and

(c) the right under section 180 of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 (right to acquire social housing).

(3) The regulations may—

(a) confer discretionary powers on the Secretary of State, a community land trust or any other specified person, and

(b) require notice to be given by a community land trust in any case where, as a result of the regulations, an enfranchisement right is not exercisable or is exercisable subject to modifications.””

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“The Homes and Communities Agency: annual report

In Schedule 1 to the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 (the Homes and Communities Agency), after sub-paragraph (1)(a) of paragraph 11 insert—

“(aa) state within the report, in particular, the total number of new properties delivered during each year, also specifying, in respect of new properties in the area of each local housing authority—

(i) how many are located within a settlement of fewer than 10,000, and fewer than 3,000, inhabitants;

(ii) the number let on long leases, fixed-term shorthold tenancies, and periodic tenancies;

(iii) levels of rent;

(iv) the number designed for use as housing for older people;

(v) the number designed for use as housing for other vulnerable groups;

(vi) the size as defined by the number of bedrooms;

(vii) information on such other categories as may appear to the HCA to be appropriate or may be specified by the Secretary of State.””

Prepared 2nd August 2011